TENNERTON – Last week in a win over Preston, Buckhannon-Upshur head football coach Zach Davis called his Buccaneer rushing attack a ‘tank.’
Well, that tank kept right on rolling this week, this time through the Elkins Tigers as the Bucs piled up 429 rushing yards in a convincing 27-0 victory Friday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium in their season finale.
Savion Farmer ran for 236 yards and two scores on 30 carries while Bryson Johnston gained 113 yards on 13 attempts and had one score as the Bucs averaged 7.2 yards per rush.
Farmer went over the 1500-yard mark for the season.
“It means a lot for me to finish my career like that,” stated Farmer. “It’s my last game, I play hard for my guys and they play hard for me. I knew I needed a big game to go over 1,500 yards but I promised coach Davis I would. I made a promise to him and kept it.”
As always, Farmer is quick to credit his offensive line for his success.
“They are strong and prideful and they play to the whistle,” Farmer said about his offensive line. “They give it their all and they give it their heart.”
Farmer said he was proud of his team for finishing the season with a three-game winning streak and a 5-5 record after being 2-5 after seven games.
“Practice pays off,” stated Farmer. “That is what we did. We continued to work hard. I am going to miss this so much and playing with my guys.”
For Davis, it was more of the same from his running game as they have averaged 391 yards rushing the ball during their three-game winning streak.
“I’ve said this before but it is who we are and what we do,” commented Davis. “If you give us the pass we will take it, but if you allow us to run the ball with success that is what we are going to do. Farmer is such a player for us. He is a great kid and our offensive line did a great job opening holes for him.”
The two teams each had extended drives in the first quarter as both squads had just one possession in a fast-moving first quarter.
Elkins held the ball for almost four and half minutes but the drive stalled out at the B-U 36-yard line and the Bucs took over at their 20-yard line following at Elkins punt that went into the end zone.
The Bucs held the ball for the next 7:22 of the game going on a 15-play drive that went the 80 yards and ended with a Dawson Tenney three-yard quarterback sneak.
Wyatt Mason was good on his kick as the Bucs took a 7-0 lead with 18 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Elkins was forced to punt again as B-U took over the ball at their own 25-yard line.
This time they ate up over six minutes of the clock and drove the 75 yards on 13 plays with the drive being capped off by Farmer with a one-yard run.
Mason was again true on his kick as the Bucs took a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in the second quarter.
The Bucs took that 14-0 into the break with them.
B-U accepted the second-half kickoff and marched it to the Elkins’ five-yard line but turned it over on a fumble after a 45-yard run by Farmer, one of the few mistakes made by B-U in the contest.
The Buckhannon-Upshur defense stood tall and held the Tigers on downs at the Elkins 31-yard line.
The Bucs made Elkins pay for going for it in their own end as just six plays later, Farmer finished off the 31-yard drive taking it in from a yard out.
Mason’s kick hit the upright, but the Bucs led 20-0 with 4:02 showing in the third quarter.
The Bucs forced another Elkins punt and took over at their own 36-yard line.
Five plays later, Johnston found an opening up the middle of the field and scampered 46 yards for the touchdown.
Mason was good on his kick as the Bucs went up 27-0 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
Neither team found the end zone in the final quarter.
In classy move on the final play of the game, Davis inserted Ian Donnen into the quarterback position. Donnen, the starting quarterback as a senior at the start of the season, suffered a shoulder injury midway through the season and was limited to playing only defense when he returned.
“It was nice to get Donnen in and take the final snap of the season,” remarked Davis. “It was something we talked about doing this week, but we didn’t talk too much about it because we didn’t want to jinx it, but it was a cool moment to get him in for that play.”
Elkins was held to 105 yards of total offense, gaining 94 on the ground and 11 through the air.
Nicholas Bowers gained 60 yards on 17 carries to lead the Elkins offense.
The Tigers ended the year with a 1-9 record.
All of B-U’s 429 yards came on the ground.
“It was a near-perfect game for our offense,” said Davis. “We had some nice long drives and piled up the yards on the ground. It can be slow and painful for the other team when we are rolling on offense.”
The Bucs ended the year with a three-game winning streak and finished the year out with a 5-5 mark.
“This team left B-U football better than they found it,” concluded Davis. “They never quit all season long. I am just very proud of them and let’s go get it next year.”
Elkins 0 0 0 0 – 0
Buckhannon-Upshur 7 7 13 0 – 27
Buckhannon-Upshur – Dawson Tenney, 3-yard run (Wyatt Mason kick).
Buckhannon-Upshur – Savion Farmer, 1-yard run (Mason kick).
Buckhannon-Upshur – Farmer, 1-yard run (kick failed).
Buckhannon-Upshur – Bryson Johnston, 46-yard run (Mason kick).
First downs – Elkins: 8 (5 rushing, 1 passing, 2 penalty); Buckhannon-Upshur: 19 (16 rushing, 0 passing, 3 penalty).
Rushing yards – Elkins: 32-94; Buckhannon-Upshur: 60-429.
Passing yards – Elkins: 11; Buckhannon-Upshur: 0
Total yards – Elkins: 105; Buckhannon-Upshur: 429.
Passes – Elkins: 1-6-1; Buckhannon-Upshur: 0-1-0.
Penalties – Elkins: 5-65; Buckhannon-Upshur: 4-48.
Punts – Elkins: 4-38.8; Buckhannon-Upshur: 0-0.0.
Fumbles – Elkins: 0; Buckhannon-Upshur: 1.
Fumbles lost – Elkins: 0; Buckhannon-Upshur: 1.
All-return yards – Elkins: 20; Buckhannon-Upshur: 0.
Elkins – Nicholas Bowers 17-60; Riley Rider 4-20; Todd Vandevender 5-8; Kalaeb McCauley 5-7; Andrew McGilberry 1-(-1). Totals 32-94.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Savion Farmer 30-236 (2 touchdowns); Bryson Johnston 13-113 (1 touchdown); Elijah Bryant 11-61; Dawson Tenney 3-13 (1 touchdown); Taiwo Thropp 1-5; Blake Runyon 1-2; team 1-(-1). Totals 60-429 (4 touchdowns).
Elkins – Vandevender 1-for-6 for 11 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.
Buckhannon-Upshur – Tenney 0-for-1 for 0 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions.
Elkins – Bowers 1-11. Totals 1-11.
Buckhannon-Upshur – None.